Are People Really That Lazy???
A New England woman was charged with animal cruelty this week, accused of abandoning her dog at a boat launch.
Julia Griffin, 40, was summoned to appear in court next month.
Animal Control tracked her down after a news story about the abandoned dog generated tips about the animal’s owner.
A man having lunch at the boat launch on Sept. 28 discovered the Yorkshire terrier tied up in the woods with a handwritten sign nearby. The sign explained that the dog’s name was Goldy and that she was good with children.
The terrier was taken to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society where it was treated for flea bites, an allergy and other afflictions. Strout investigated the matter, and Goldy remained at the shelter.
Meanwhile, a Lisbon couple read about the dog’s plight and went to the Humane Society to ask about adopting her. By the end of last week, it was done. The Yorkshire was adopted and renamed Lucky.
"She didn't do her research," authorities said. "There are certainly better ways to get rid of a dog."
Griffin did not respond to messages left at her home. She was scheduled to appear in Lewiston District Court on Nov. 10. She could face a fine of up to $500 and be ordered to pay restitution to the Humane Society.